EU-Mercosur - a boost for jobs and exports in Italy

Businesses of all sizes in towns and cities across Italy already export a wide range of goods and services to Mercosur.

The EU-Mercosur trade agreement will make it easier and cheaper for them to do so.


Companies and jobs

13,117 The number of Italian companies that export to Mercosur.

79% The share of EU companies exporting to Mercosur that are small and medium-sized enterprises.

98,000 The number of jobs in Italy that EU exports to Mercosur help support.

855,000 The number of jobs in the EU that EU exports to Mercosur help support.


Exports and Imports

Italy and Mercosur already have a close trading relationship. The EU-Mercosur trade agreement will give it a big boost.

7th Mercosur is Italy's 7th biggest trade partner outside the EU.

€ 7.7bn The value of Italian exports to Mercosur.

€ 6bn The value of Italian imports from Mercosur.


EU trade agreements benefit companies and communities

  • Companies: Statistics on international trade in goods by enterprise characteristics, Eurostat, 2016 (latest available year). Statistics on firms exporting to Argentina and Brazil, which account for 95% of exports to MERCOSUR countries
  • Jobs: WIOD database, 2011. The jobs figures are underestimates as they refer only to EU exports to Brazil. Estimates for all Mercosur countries are not available.
  • Exports and Imports: Eurostat. Goods and services figures based on latest available data (2017).
    Trade partner ranking is based on goods only.